Sunday March 2, 2008
Chan lashes out at DAP for fielding Keshvinder
KUALA LUMPUR: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy lashed out at the DAP for fielding Keshvinder Singh as a candidate for the general election, when his credibility is already in question.
I want to ask DAP, especially Lim Kit Siang (DAP adviser) and Lim Guan Eng (secretary-general) if they are still going to field him as a candidate (for the Malim Nawar state seat in the Kampar parliamentary constituency).
DAP talks so much about integrity, accountability and credibility, but here they are fielding someone whose credibility is seriously in doubt. I think they (Kit Siang and Guan Eng) owe the people an apology, he said in a press conference at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
Chan added he wanted to know if the party would hold Keshvinder Singh accountable.
He has responded, so we know its true. But we cannot accept his explanation as a professional answer, he said.
In Kampar, Keshvinder Singh described the reports about being penalised by the Bar Council and allegations that he did not have a practising certificate as vicious attacks on his character.
This is a political assassination.
On Saturday, The Star had cited the Bars website at www.malaysianbar.org that Keshvinder Singh was fined RM10,000 under Section 103D of the Legal Professions Act 1976 over a land tenancy agreement by its disciplinary board on Nov 17 last year.
It also reported that he had not renewed his annual practising certificate by March 8, 2006, citing the website.
The tenancy agreement was prepared and signed by my clerk without my knowledge in May 2005.
I only found out about it when the client wrote a letter seeking an explanation as to why the agreement did not carry the signatures of two beneficiaries, said Keshvinder Singh, who is fighting Barisan Nasional candidate Dr Chai Song Poh for the state seat.
He said two disciplinary hearings were brought against him following that.
The disciplinary board decided to penalise him by virtue that his clerk was part of his firm and he, as her boss, should be responsible for her mistakes, he told a press conference yesterday.
On allegations that he was practising without a certificate, Keshvinder Singh said his head office in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur had been broken into on Dec 10, 2005.
The thieves stole his practising certificate, along with other important documents in a safe, he said.